La Folle Journée de Varsovie
La Danse

(2) Opening Concert


Mohamed Gaspard Conde
– African Show
Piotr Kostrzewa – timpani
Piotr Domański – timpani
Sinfonia Varsovia
Eiji Oue – conductor

Kasa, Soli, Djole
Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein: ‘Symphonic Dances’ from the musical West Side Story

This is the eighth time already that La Folle Jourée is held in Warsaw. The music festival is addressed to everybody, without exception. What should you expect? Over 1000 artists and more than 50 concerts over only three days. Where? At the Teatr Wielki’s different spaces and on the Teatralny Square. The programme includes a variety of original musical pieces spanning different epochs: you will hear compositions by Chopin, Brahms, Schubert, and Piazzolla performed by world-class Polish and international artists. The theme of this year’s edition is dance, or ‘la danse’ in French. In the words of René Martin, the festival’s artistic director, ‘Dance, especially folk dance, has played a very important role in the development of classical music. If you listen carefully to famous concertos and symphonies, you’ll find elements of dance everywhere. Folk tradition has greatly influenced the oeuvre of all composers’. 

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